By Chris Wright
“I heard you only managed four mate? Shame!”
After yet another match-winning performance against Hull City on Saturday, Wayne Rooney is now set to become the highest paid player at Manchester United. The club are keen to reflect Rooney’s continually growing influence at Old Trafford by offering the 24 year old striker a bumper contract to match.
United have drawn up a deal worth £40 million over five years (with weekly wages somewhere between £150,000 – £200,000 ) as they try to replicate the kind of salaries that Barcelona and Real Madrid would be willing to offer Rooney to entice him into swapping the Premier League for the sunnier climes of La Liga.
Rooney still has two-and-a-half years to run on his current deal and has stated that he has no intention of leaving Old Trafford but, as United become increasingly reliant on the England man, it is hoped that the new deal will curb the interests of the Spanish giants.
£40 million to keep hold of your only world-class player for five more years? Sounds like a bargain to me.